Lo­cal SPCA de­ploy­ing team to Hous­ton

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WEST CH­ESTER » A team of ten Brandy­wine Val­ley SPCA (BVSPCA) em­ploy­ees are de­ploy­ing to Hous­ton to­day to pro­vide oper­a­tional lead­er­ship at two lo­ca­tions as part of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey re­lief ef­forts in the Hous­ton area.

Best Friends An­i­mal So­ci­ety (Kanab, UT) asked Adam Lamb, BVSPCA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, to help setup a tem­po­rary shel­ter at the NRG Arena in Hous­ton to han­dle 1000-plus an­i­mals based on the grow­ing need for an­i­mal shel­ter­ing ser­vices in that area. Specif­i­cally, Lamb will serve as in­take man­ager for the new fa­cil­ity, lead­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of in­take, med­i­cal and out­come pro­to­cols along with sev­eral BVSPCA staff mem­bers. The tem­po­rary shel­ter is ex­pected to open this week­end and will han­dle a com­bi­na­tion of res­cued an­i­mals and over­flow from area shel­ters.

An­other BVSPCA team will help the SPCA of Bra­zo­ria County in Lake Jack­son, Texas based on a re­quest from the Texas A&M in­ci­dence com­man­der for that county,

which has been as­sist­ing the shel­ter. The BVSPCA team will lead the es­tab­lish­ment of in­take, med­i­cal and out­come pro­to­cols at this shel­ter, which sits ap­prox­i­mately one hour south of Hous­ton on the Gulf of Mex­ico. This area con­tin­ues to ex­pe­ri­ence sec­ondary flood­ing, and search and res­cue ef­forts for pets

are still un­der­way.

To fur­ther as­sist this shel­ter, the BVSPCA is ask­ing the com­mu­nity to help fill a sup­ply truck des­tined for Bra­zo­ria. The Fill-theTruck-for-Bra­zo­ria ef­fort will be­gin at the West Ch­ester Cam­pus this morn­ing and will run through Satur­day night. Do­na­tions can be dropped off at any BVSPCA lo­ca­tion and will be picked up as the truck leaves West Ch­ester for Texas on Sun­day. Top needed items in­clude the fol­low­ing:

• Crates, es­pe­cially larger sizes; • Puppy pads; • Pa­per tow­els; • Dis­in­fectable toys, such as Kongs;

• Pa­per gowns, booties & masks.

The shel­ter re­ports that they have am­ple sup­plies of food and treats.

The BVSPCA has been asked to as­sist in th­ese sit­u­a­tions based on the or­ga­ni­za­tional ex­per­tise as a high vol­ume, open ad­mis­sion, no-kill shel­ter. “We’re

hon­ored to be asked to as­sist dur­ing this crit­i­cal time in the Hous­ton area for the an­i­mals and their fam­i­lies,” Lamb said. “We’re look­ing for­ward to work­ing along­side so many lo­cal and na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions do­ing heroic work for the an­i­mals.”

In ad­di­tion to th­ese de­ploy­ments, the BVSPCA has wel­comed al­most 80 an­i­mals to date from Texas and Louisiana as part of hur­ri­cane re­cov­ery ef­forts, and such in­takes will con­tinue

as space al­lows. The first group of 24 cats and 26 cats ar­rived on Satur­day, and an­other 27 dogs ar­rived early Wed­nes­day morn­ing. The an­i­mals are avail­able for adop­tion at the BVSPCA West Ch­ester and Ge­orge­town cam­puses. They are an­i­mals that were in shel­ters prior to the hur­ri­cane that have been re­lo­cated to make room for res­cued pets to stay lo­cal with hope they will be re­claimed by their fam­i­lies.

The BVSPCA asks for the

com­mu­nity’s help in sup­port­ing th­ese re­lief ef­forts by do­nat­ing at bvspca.org/ do­nate or by mail to: Brandy­wine Val­ley SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Ch­ester, PA 19380.

Founded in 1929, the Brandy­wine Val­ley SPCA is the first open ad­mis­sion shel­ter in Penn­syl­va­nia to achieve “no kill” sta­tus and serves as the only open ad­mis­sion shel­ter in both Ch­ester and Delaware coun­ties.

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